Looking for a simple spring craft DIY idea? Why not make spring a little brighter with this painted flower pot. It’s so easy to make—just see the DIY instructions below.

Spring Craft DIY flower pots

Just between us?

I am all about a really good craft.

Truly.

For some reason—if I’m ever down and feeling blue and a little out of sorts and kind of irritated with rain and cold weather and gloomy cloudy skies–the best thing I can do when I find myself in this situation is visit my craft room.

I should show you the craft room drawers one day.

They are a sight to behold. Everything is color-coded and alphabetized and stacked and labeled and neatly put away into plastic bags that shrink down to the size of a napkin using a hairdryer.

NOT.

Not even close.

But when I need a craft idea? I just open the drawers and baskets and stare at all the stuff that’s just sitting there in waiting for a project and from the depths of all of that disorganized piles of no-one-really-knows-what…

…a craft idea emerges.

Like this spring craft DIY idea—flower pots for flowers.

Spring Craft DIY flower pots with plantings

It’s amazing, truly.

Order out of disorder.

Calm out of chaos.

A project out of bits of stuff that ended up in a drawer.

At the risk of being random, can I draw an analogy here? It’s a little like Gilligan’s Island’s three-hour tour.

If you’ve ever watched TV Land do you remember?

Remember Gilligan?

The skipper too?  The millionaire and his wife?  The professor and Mary Ann?

Spring Craft DIY Flower Pots for Flowers

They were seven unforgettable castaways stuck on an island after a three-hour tour.  And they spent the better part of the next three years trying to get off.

But truth? Did anyone ever really want to leave the island?

I mean….seriously….the professor could build telephones out of Mrs. Howell’s diamond necklace and a few random coconuts and island vegetation….but somehow scientific genius deserted him when it came to building….ummm…..a raft?  And remember when NASA spotted the castaways and they were covered in glue and feathers and Mission Control thought they were from Mars….why didn’t the professor just develop an anti-chicken feather glue machine from Ginger’s eyebrow pencil and driftwood?

They all said they wanted to leave.

They acted like they wanted to leave.

But it was chicken feathers and glue every time.

Spring Craft DIY Flower Pots for Flowers

Yep.

Martian chicken feathers.

That’s a lot like me.

You see…I truly want to be organized in that craft room.

I read books on organization and pin cute ideas for organization and buy all sorts of organizational supplies and spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about how wonderful it would for all those craft supplies to be organized.

*sigh*

But in the end, it never really happens.

Because if I did—maybe I wouldn’t be inspired to create any more when I opened those drawers.

And maybe I’d never create a craft like this spring DIY idea of a flower pot for flowers.

(total aside: enough analogy for now—here are a few instructions.)

Spring Craft DIY Flower Pots for Flowers

Spring Craft DIY Flower Pots for Flowers

Step 1: clean terra cotta pots

You can use existing terra cotta pots that you already have or purchase them from the home improvement store.

Step 2: prime and paint terra cotta pots

Use a sponge brush for these because it makes it so much easier.

Let dry between coats.

Step 3: find a scrapbook paper with flowers

Just make sure it has individual flowers you can cut out.

Step 4: cut out flowers

Trim as closely to the edges of the flowers as you can.

Step 5: Mod podge the flowers onto the painted pot

Follow the instructions on the container and apply Mod Podge first, then apply the flower and add more Mod Podge on top.

Smooth out to prevent wrinkles.

Keep adding flowers until you have the exact look you want.

Step 6: Seal with a water-based sealer

Let dry

Step 7: Plant your plants

I’m not stressing about the organization of craft supplies.

I think it’s a little over-rated.

Creating is SO MUCH more fun than organizing.

Truly.

As for me and my craft room? I think we’ll stay on the island a little longer. 🙂

PS In vintage television news—remember when television stopped at midnight?

Comments

    1. Image for Barbara Barbara

      IF those thin 2 ply pretty napkins can be found anymore, separate the 2 ply, carefully. Glue the printed piece to a huge glass snifter. Gently/delicately put into place. Let dry. Use glue lightly over all and sprinkle with white glitter. Dry. Place a candle or battery candle or tea lite. Pretty.

  1. Image for Jenn Jenn

    Yes yes yes on this one! I just saw something similar the other day and it got my wheels turning! I love Mod Podge!! The paper you chose is just perfection!

  2. Image for Jolyn Jolyn

    SO....I've always called it Modge Podge. OOPS... Cute pots, though, and I happen to have some boring terra cotta pots laying around.

  3. Image for Jeanine Jeanine

    Hahaaaa, we can dream of our color coded, neatly stacked, labeled everything in cute baskets craft rooms together, because mine....which is shared with the oversized washer and dryer, and let's face it, how in the world do you make those look cute with the ironing board, and other essentials for daily human living, is far from that dream! I think that was officially a run on sentence, but you get the idea😉. Love the pots! How cute would these be for Mother's day or any day? Tucking this idea away to try! Basically, we are grown up versions of those little girls in Kindergarten that LOVED craft time, had a zillion little pieces of paper, glue, and crayons spread everywhere, and were the last ones to finish! Enjoy your creating, messy or not, it is still so fun!

  4. Image for Ann Dutze Ann Dutze

    I knew the NOT was coming!!!!!!! You didn’t have me fooled friend!!!!! So pretty and it’s fun to have spring on the brain!

  5. Image for Mary Pat Mary Pat

    Have you tried telling your children about TV going off at midnight with the National Anthem and the Word from Unity? I told my children how I hated late night babysitting jobs when the TV was done for the day and you had to stay awake by reading. They are convinced that I made it all up! It is good to know that someone besides me remembers these things. Thanks Karianne!

  6. Image for CherylB CherylB

    Girl!? Remember when the TV signed off... star spangled banner then.....loud fuzzzzz I certainly miss those days....leaving the house, no phone , just a quick ...’bye I’ll be back later ‘ Nobody called or text you 5000000 times Oh for the simpler times 😭😭

  7. Image for Mary in VA Mary in VA

    These are really lovely! Yes I remember Gilligan and the gang, it was a favorite show back, in the day. Poor Gilligan was always messing up something. I wouldn't want to be trapped on a deserted island, I need to be close to my Target, Kroger, library, pharmacy, lol you get the picture. I need to always be "in town." Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  8. Image for Connie Connie

    I did this to a very small bathroom floor. Was tired of floor so I painted it white. I took greeting cards I had saved n cut out pieces I wanted to keep n in some instances left the person’s note that was attached. I than mod lodge it to the floor. Than I painted the entire bathroom floor in mod lodge. I loved it. I had lots of roses n vintage looking cards. I hated when we had to sell it. It was built in 1861. Love it. Your flower pots reminded me of it.

    1. Image for sue sue

      Connie, you are brilliant!! I love that painted/decoupaged floor idea. I am saving that one to try somewhere in my old house. (1880, but many "updates" over the centuries.

  9. Image for Teddee Grace Teddee Grace

    Really cute! I might have to try this. I'll probably use paper napkins. Maybe the same ones I used to decoupage pumpkins last fall. If you do ever figure out a way to organize your craft materials, be sure to post about it! I've just been trying to make sense of my stash. One of the problems in a one-bedroom apartment is that I have things cleverly hidden in all sorts of places and have decided I need to create a guide or treasure map in order to locate the things I need in the future!

  10. Image for Patti Patti

    I’m ready for some nice warm sunny days too my friend. These gloomy days can get to you! Thanks for bringing some sunshine in our lives.

  11. Image for Jean from Georgia Jean from Georgia

    I am another modge podger, too. Cannot wait to get to the store so I can find just the right paper for my pots. Thanks for such a cute idea.

  12. Image for Lori Lori

    Gilligan's Island! Oh my! It was one of our favorite shows. I also remember when the tv was dead at like 1 am and the flag was the only thing showing. Yep! What a fun memory..the show that is...:0) Mod Podge is such a fun product. The pots you made are too cute! What beauties! On this very very cold snowy day I've been planning what to put in my spring pots. Flowers are the best mood changer for sure.

  13. Image for june june

    Shhhhhh😊. We are aging ourselves...oh yes I remember when television stopped at midnight. Oh how I yearn for simpler times. Love this project. Wish I was back in the classroom...fun Mother’s Day gift...kids would love making these. Meanwhile...I plan to have a craft date with my great nieces/nephews. This is on the list.

  14. Image for Kris Kris

    Ooh, I love decoupage! SO pretty! AND I loved Gilligan's Island .... Happy Days .... Hogan's Heroes ..... Little House on the Prairie .... and when I hear people telling others to smile, I want to break into my best Fantasy Island imitation of Ricardo Montalban and say "Smiles everyone! Smiles!" in a sexy accent. Old TV shows were the best.

  15. Image for Lou Ann Lou Ann

    HAH! YES INDEED, the Tv went off the air to the National Anthem (ya’ll remember the waving American Flag )? But even better was the weekend and the Midnight Special..... with Wolfman Jack ! It was exciting to stay up for the Wolfman! Seriously , people think I grew up in a snow globe..... it was so safe, loving , and amazing!! Every time I see you doing a craft that you have to cut out TINY stems and blooms, I can’t help but think of my mother. She LOVED any craft that required (technically the need for patience) cutting tiny pieces. My daughter was that little girl like yours who loved crafts and paint,pens, or office supplies of any kind . When she was younger it was all about American Girl crafting books . Your girls are Todays version of those books...... So cute and so many fun ideas! Now my sweet girl is all grown up and is an amazing kindergarten teacher, who still just LOVES the perfect set of fancy markers ! Now when I help her cut out things for her class projects , I Always wish for my Mother to be here with all her scissors. Love all your wonderful craft ideas , but won’t even attempt to discuss my craft drawers..Lets just say that crafting and decorating for me has now moved outside to SHED BATH and BEYOND !

  16. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    I haven't done "decoupage" in years. Your pots (and your amazing photography that makes everything look so amazing) are beautiful! Great ideas!!! Cute analogies. Ginger's eye brow pencil, eh??? Funny you mentioned tv shutting down at night. I was just talking to someone about that very thing the other day. But I am much older than you - not sure if it was everywhere, but our programming growing up (on our tiny little black and white tv in those super early years) closed down at 11pm- not midnight. Every year when they showed The Wizard of Oz we would pack into our wooden paneled sided station wagon and go to my auntie's - they had a huge COLOR tv! I mean who the heck wants to watch the Munchkins or Glenda not in Technicolor, right???

  17. Image for Eileen Eileen

    I remember staring at a blank screen, all fuzzy long after the national anthem and we also had the song , The syncopated clock, I think it was. Memories. I also use napkins and have a real stash of them in my “organized studio”, haha. Very pretty.

  18. Image for Jan Jan

    Please. I'm old enough to have seen Gilligan's Island when it first aired, 0.o Seeing the flag and hearing the national anthem meant you had sneaked out of bed to watch a creepy movie on the tv that required you to get out of a chair to change the channels, of which there were maybe 6-7 plus a dinky public one that never tuned in when you wanted to watch something. Not to mention having to turn the rabbit ears in the right direction. Good times.

  19. Image for Tara @ Stilettos and Shiplap Tara @ Stilettos and Shiplap

    Okay these are adorable and just what I need for spring these days! Loving it but loving you more for sharing such a simple idea! Why didn’t I think of this? Maybe because I don’t even HAVE a craft room, let alone an organized or disorganized one 😩. I’ll live vicariously through you and your messy craft drawers that are oh so creative!

  20. Image for Cindy@CountyRoad407 Cindy@CountyRoad407

    Okay, so I wasn't a fan of the show because "Little Buddy" was dumb and because they had so many opportunities to get off the island but were total idiots. So, I was more of a Bewitched and My Three Sons kinda girl. As for the pots... I'm totally doing it! I love me some Mod Podge! Lastly, I remember when the TV said "It's 10 o'clock. Do you know where your children are?" Goodness, how many years did they say that because when it came out, I was only 1 and I know I wasn't watching TV at that age. :0

  21. Image for Peg Peg

    We've done this at my friend Jackie's house only we used floral paper napkins!! It was a great girls night out craft!!! xoxo

  22. Image for Jill Brewster Jill Brewster

    You had me so depressed when I started reading your post when you talked of how organized your craft room was that I almost cried, I hung in there though, and kept reading. That's when I realized that true crafters are not organized. It kills their creative genes. I don't have drawers of craft supplies I have plastic bins, lots of plastic bins. I love your flower pots. Last Summer I was in the painted flower pot mood, and painted several. I am not an artist by any means (I still draw stick people), but I drew my own pattern and painted dragonflies, butterflies, and chickens. I play keno with a group of ladies on Monday a month, and several of my pots went as keno gifts. I have never tried decoupage though. I have some wallpaper that I bought to cover the drawer fronts on an antique dresser that has beautiful roses on it, and since I don't need the whole roll for my dresser I just might have found my next project.

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